Seattle falcon fans keeping eye on raptors

May 23, 2008 at 2:00 AM
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SEATTLE, May 23 (UPI) -- Scientists tracking the migration of peregrine falcons said two of three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in a nest box atop a tower in Seattle.

The raptors on the Washington Mutual Tower are under the watchful lens of a video camera, while a different group of peregrines is being tracked by transmitters as they migrate from the tip of southern Chile to the Arctic, the Seattle Times said Thursday.

Bud Anderson, director of the Falcon Research Group, said the migrating birds were trapped in South America and outfitted with tiny transmitters that contain GPS chips accurate to about 60 feet. The bird's location is plotted on Google Earth maps that can pinpoint the lake or hillside where the falcon roosted.

Peregrines are the world's fastest birds, reaching speeds up to 200 mph, the newspaper said.

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